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Eschatology And Messianism In The Dead Sea Scrolls

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Notwithstanding the importance of issues relating to purity, the calendar, and the proper observance of the Torah as determinative factors in the emergence and self-definition of the group responsible for the Dead Sea Scrolls, there can be no question but that eschatological and messianic beliefs were of considerable significance in the theological outlook of this group at all stages of its existence. Thus, quite apart from biblical writings in which eschatological ideas are expressed (particularly the book of Daniel), eschatological beliefs are reflected in a wide range of sectarian and non-sectarian texts from Qumran. This chapter focuses on the interpretation of a number of messianic textsimportant studies by Florentino Garca Martnez, James VanderKam, mile Puech, John Collins, Hartmut Stegemann and Johann Maierwhere considerable areas of disagreement still remain.

Keywords: Émile Puech; Dead Sea Scrolls; eschatology; Florentino García Martínez; Hartmut Stegemann; James VanderKam; Johann Maier; John Collins; messianism



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